Pelican Rapids Grant
Protecting Our Drinking Water
Abandoned or unused wells can easily channel contamination from the land surface into aquifers that are used for drinking water. The city of Pelican Rapids, in Otter Tail County in central Minnesota, had a pair of wells located in areas where contamination was known to be present.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) identified these wells as potential threats to the city’s drinking water supplies. After Pelican Rapids developed a wellhead protection plan that included the sealing of these two wells, MDH using funds from the Clean Water Fund, awarded the city $8,940 to seal them.
By sealing the abandoned wells, the city is protecting its groundwater, helping it to keep providing its 2,374 residents with safe drinking water.